Friday, October 28, 2005
The Corzine Rumor
Enlighten-New Jersey quotes an e-mail that states "Reporters are after a videotape of Corzine, inebriated, making statements that will damage him beyond belief with African Americans." My sources say that the damaging "statements" (or maybe just "statement") is that Corzine uses what most people today refer to as the "N Word." I'm trying to get more information on the context of the alleged statement (context can change things), but if this is all true it could spell very bad things for Mr. Corzine on November 8th.
It will be interesting to see if this will all be kept under wraps until after election day (like Jim McGreevey's multiple skeletons) or whether, if true, the press will actually report it.
To be continued . . .
"New Jersey: We'll win you over."
So, its up to us -- Acting Governor Codey would like to hear your slogan ideas (I don't think he'll be offering $260,000 for this one though). You can submit your thoughts here.
Check out Drew Sheneman's list of rejected slogans here.
One last note -- were there no New Jersey "branding and image consultants" worthy of taking a crack at crafting a slogan (and worthy of the $260,000 state payment)?
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
All news is good news
Is this journalism or advertising?? I fear it may be a waste of $100,000.
Call it pay for praise, greenbacks for good news, bucks for beneficial publicity. The Newark City Council has awarded the Newark Weekly News a $100,000 no-bid contract to publish positive news about the city.
Howard Scott, who owns Newark Weekly News, pitched the idea to the city council, which unanimously approved the idea earlier this month.
"Do we have critical reporters on staff? No. Do we have investigative reporters? No," Scott said. "Our niche is the good stuff. People have come to know it, and they love it."
Under the contract, the paper will work with the city's public information office to spread positive aspects of the city.
The paper can only generate stories based on leads from the council and the mayor's office.
John O'Brien, executive director of the New Jersey Press Association, said it was bad public policy to use tax dollars this way.
"The press role is supposed to be that of a watchdog," O'Brien said.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Say goodbye to Hooker Lane
I'm glad to see the people of Greenwich are taking on the weighty issues.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Corzine spreads more of his cash
Corzine's Charitable Donations Questioned
Criticized on finances, Corzine offers a shrug
Remember this and this.
Monday, October 17, 2005
It's a Race
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Row, row, row your boat
Michelle Malkin has something about it here.
Hat tip Chad Evans at inthebullpen (and my mom who told me about it on the phone first before finding the story).
Update: NBC changed the video for the West Coast feed of the Today Show, so the video linked above has the reporter walking in much deeper water. Still funny to read about it though.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Corzine to Monmouth: You're not so great
Corzine is right, there have been some corruption problems in Monmouth. But what large New Jersey county does Corzine think should be an example? Hudson? Essex? Mercer? Union? Passaic? Camden? Every large Democrat-controlled county in New Jersey is corrupt beyond belief. What large county should we look to as an example, Jon?
Friday, October 07, 2005
Harvey, Corzine, Katz & Codey
- Acting Governor Codey's office spearheaded the investigation into gasoline price gouging but Peter Harvey jumped in front of the cameras to take credit for it;
- Harvey's attempt to take over the New Jersey Boxing Commission ended up with him being fined $1500 by the state's ethics board; and
- Harvey may be looking to take the position as head of the Boxing Commission once he (finally) leaves office as attorney general.
For more on Harvey's recent shortcomings, go here. None of this paints a pretty picture of General Harvey.
But that's not all! Ingle also discusses the recent endorsement of Corzine by a group of New Jersey ministers. Interestingly, at least two of the ministers received money from Corzine -- one received a $1 million donation and the other a $800,000 loan. Didn't Corzine's ex-girlfriend Karla Katz (you know, the head of the state's largest public employee union and recipient of almost $500,000 of Corzine's cash) endorse him sometime after she received her money?
Read the rest of the column. It has some other tid-bits about donations Corzine has made to schools and education groups (normally a good thing, but not so if your property taxes actually go up because of it) and how Codey is filling every empty position he can with his cronies.
I'm hoping that the Trenton Democrats are all sent packing in November.
Remember, register to vote by October 11, 2005 for the November general election.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Peter Harvey is at it again . . .
Its clear that this was a turf war between Harvey, who wants total control over counter-terrorism, and Codey/Caspersen, who obviously want to keep much of the control (and maybe the limelight) in the hands of the governor.
Although I don't think splitting up the counter-terrorism efforts of the state between multiple agencies, i.e., the OTC and the AG's office, is the best way to operate the state's efforts, Harvey's power play was completely inappropriate. If he thought his office (and his way) was the best organization to handle the task, wouldn't a call to the governor's office and the suggestion of a meeting to discuss his plan (if he even had one) have been a better alternative?
Instead, he forced Codey to strip the Attorney General's office of budgetary and personnel decisions as they regard counter-terrorism efforts, transfer ten of the troopers back to the OCT and give the OCT the authority to hire 15 new investigators. In doing so, Codey stated that he was "disappointed with the decision by the Department of Law and Public Safety [New Jersey's Attorney General's office] to reassign state police from the Office of Counter-Terrorism without my input or consent."
Can we please elect someone who will clean house in Trenton?